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Entry Point 47 - Lizz & Swamp Lakes

Lizz and Swamp Lakes entry point allows overnight paddle only. This entry point is supported by Gunflint Ranger Station near the city of Grand Marais, MN. The distance from ranger station to entry point is 34 miles. Access from Poplar Lake by 51-rod portage to Lizz Lake and 100-rod portage into Swamp Lake only. This area was affected by blowdown in 1999.

Number of Permits per Day: 3
Elevation: 1864 feet
Latitude: 48.0420
Longitude: -90.4998
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mashpotatomezzo
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09/18/2017 06:24PM
 
New Trip Report posted by mashpotatomezzo

Trip Name: A Childhood Dream Come True.

Entry Point: 47

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paddelingruth
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09/18/2017 08:49PM
 
So very happy for you two! What a wonderful trip for you two. I loved your pictures. So good especially the loon! Congrad's. Very good report.
ozarkpaddler
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09/19/2017 09:12AM
 
EXCELLENT TR and pictures! "When we approached the entry point into Lizz Lake, I almost fell over because of how beautiful it was. That probably sounds incredibly cheesy, but its true. The long lake looked like a hallway of trees with a glass floor and I literally lost my breath for a moment. " That doesn't sound "Cheesy" to me, there are several BWCAW lakes like that for me, too! And Lizz is one that just feels like I'm "Coming home" when I paddle down it.


BTW, "Congrats" on the future addition to your paddling crew!

"Let us live so that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry." Mark Twain
BigTim
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09/19/2017 02:10PM
 
Awesome report. EP 47 is one of my favorites - and the first one I took my kids through. You will spy a moose there one day!
cyclones30
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09/19/2017 10:02PM
 
Great report, glad it went well. I have family near Primghar, where are you guys?
mashpotatomezzo
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09/19/2017 10:44PM
 
quote cyclones30: "Great report, glad it went well. I have family near Primghar, where are you guys?"


Oh that's awesome! Small world! We are in Le Mars - ice cream capital of the world! My husband works for Blue Bunny. :)
plexmidwest
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09/20/2017 08:56AM
 
Nice report and your photos were great, especially of the loon & eagle.
pswith5
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09/20/2017 09:03AM
 
Very nice trip report. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on your exciting news. Don't let him/her keep you from going back. I have taken my youngest on many trips and the others are wanting to go soon.

Without the bad times, the good times wouldn't seem so good.
Spartan2
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09/20/2017 11:48AM
 
I loved your trip report! Your photos are wonderful, and it was fun to read about all of the excitement of your first trip!


I also ended up with a little one after my first canoe trip (very much planned), so I can relate to your story quite personally. But we didn't base camp; our trip was quite different from yours, and many years ago (1971).


Poplar/Caribou/Horseshoe/Gaskin, etc. is a favorite area of mine. It was really neat to read of your experiences. Thanks for sharing.
hwdhusky
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09/20/2017 02:25PM
 
One of my favorite places to go. We stayed on Gaskin this spring. We also used the wonderful Rockwood lodge. Carl and Mike are great to work with. So we took a very similar trip as yours. I really enjoy reading trip reports of areas that I frequently visit. Thanks for posting.
giddyup
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09/21/2017 10:32PM
 
That was a great trip report, I especially loved the pictures of the loon and eagle. Congratulations on the new little one in your future!

"Adversity makes for a better adventure."
Mocha
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09/24/2017 12:54PM
 
very entertaining story. you two had a really amazing first trip to the BWCA, glad you took the bull by the horns to get it organized. your dad should be proud of you for taking on the challenge. your photos are wonderful, happy to hear there were so many loons, but no mooses :(. part of seeing so much wildlife and beauty is staying aware and in the moment, not rushed to get somewhere, taking the sidetrips to discover hidden gems in the woods.


great news about your baby on the way. perhaps a BWCA themed name? hopefully you and your husband are comfortable with your skills to get your kids introduced at a young age. someone has to carry the canoe for you eventually!
bottomtothetap
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09/25/2017 05:01PM
 
I am quite passionate about the BWCA and LOVE introducing new people to this special place. Your excellent report reminded me of the satisfaction I feel when I see those "newbies" experience the Boundary Waters for the first time and note what wonder, and enjoyment many of them feel.


As I read your report, I was so happy for you and your husband that now you, too, finally got to live that "dream", that I actually felt choked up a bit thinking about how great this was for you and am so glad it went well and you had that much fun. It was cool to see how you grew through this experience from admitted novices to confidant paddlers who learned what works and doesn't work for you now knowing more how you would do a second trip. Congratulations. You've now been "bitten by the bug" and are hopefully in for many years of BWCA enjoyment.


Also congrats on the little one on the way! May you have as much fun someday bringing that youngster on their first trip as I did when I first brought my kids with me. Great pictures too...well done!
Northwoodsman
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09/27/2017 08:08AM
 
Great trip report. I just did that same route last week. Congratulations on the new addition.
hangnout
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10/01/2017 09:07AM
 
Enjoyed the trip report! I laughed about paddling slow to the take out. I did my first trip to BWCA a couple weeks ago and also paddled slow the last couple miles
boonie
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10/01/2017 06:23PM
 
I'm glad you and your husband had such a nice first trip, and congratulations on your news! It is a nice area (I have been through there before) and I just recently returned from much the same trip on many of the same lakes. I also really liked Omega when I was there before and spent an extra day there circumnavigating it. I hope you have many more great trips.
SaganagaJoe
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10/03/2017 12:05PM
 
Brings back a lot of memories of my first trip and the wonder I felt and experienced when I got out in the BWCA for the first time. I still haven't recovered from it! Glad you made time to stop and smell the roses, or pine trees and loons as the case may be. Good job!

aka HermitThrush "Such sights as this are reserved for those who will suffer to behold them." -Eric Sevareid
KarlBAndersen1
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12/03/2017 09:11AM
 
I understand what you mean about Lizz and and traveling through her.
How can such a simple and small and narrow lake be so beautiful?
520eek
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01/19/2018 06:00PM
 
Thanks for the report and glad you had a super great time! Congrats! : )

I couldn't wait for success, so I went ahead without it!
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